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About that big drop in NC energy emissions this century

What do all these things have in common? Curious? Read “The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions” to find out.






What does ‘proven oil reserves’ mean in the U.S.?

Here’s an interesting post at Power Line. President Obama was apparently fond of making it seem as if the U.S. has a wildly unbalanced demand for oil. Q.v., “We consume about 25 percent of the world’s oil. We only have 2 percent of the reserves.” But as John Hinderaker points out, unlike the rest ofContinue Reading






So why are NC’s energy-based emissions falling this century? Oh, and: NC’s energy-based emissions are falling this century

Read about this in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions. If you’d like a hint, these charts: go a long way toward explaining this graph:






US intelligence: Putin funds anti-fracking campaign

Drew Johnson writes in Newsweek: Buried within the U.S. intelligence community’s report on Russian activities in the presidential election is clear evidence that the Kremlin is financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States. By targeting fracking, Putin hopes to increase oil and gas prices, destabilize the U.S. economy and threaten America’s energy independence. …Continue Reading






So CO2 emissions are down nearly 15% in NC since 2000—mostly thanks to fracking

A new Brookings Institute report discusses the “decoupling” of state economic growth with carbon dioxide emissions. The authors put it in context of President-elect Donald Trump’s possible energy policies. I see stand-alone lessons. For example, take a look at this chart from the report. You will notice that U.S. emissions began a noticeable decline aroundContinue Reading






EPA: Fracking’s lack of effect on water isn’t something we can’t not negate

BEATRICE: O, on my soul, my cousin is belied! BENEDICK: Lady, were you her bedfellow last night? BEATRICE: No, truly not; although, until last night, I have this twelvemonth been her bedfellow. LEONATO: Confirm’d, confirm’d! O, that is stronger made which was before barr’d up with ribs of iron! — William Shakespeare, Much Ado AboutContinue Reading






More bad news for OPEC. I mean, really bad news.

Welp… The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it found what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America. An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portionContinue Reading






Two-year Wyoming study: Fracking didn’t contaminate well water

A two-year study by the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality found that bacteria were likely the cause of foul-smelling well water in the community of Pavillion. A problematic EPA report — which was never finalized —had suggested hydraulic fracturing (fracking) might be the cause. The EPA had turned the investigation over to the Wyoming DEQ to complete. Those results, published this week,Continue Reading